Millie the Florist

dean parkin, Jac Campbell, Suffolk Day, Uncategorized
A white plastic box full of flower pots and plants is propped up on a wooden easel. Beside it is a figure made out of different bits of metal and holding a willow basket full of leaves and greenery.

Here’s “Millie the Florist”, on display in Burstall.

Millie is made from odds and ends, including a gearbox casing from an old lawnmower for a torso and legs made from speaker stands.

The head and neck were part of a high powered long range torch.

Millie was sent in by Ann from Burstall who explains that Millie was originally part of an entry by her WI for the Suffolk Show.

Ann writes: ‘My husband taught me how to  cut metal and weld pieces together – not to exam standard!

“[It was] great fun to do and I am so pleased to be able to use her again for Suffolk Day.

Suffolk Day 2020

dean parkin, Jac Campbell, Photography, Poetry, writing/conversation starter

Sunday 21st June is Suffolk Day and here’s a way to celebrate something, perhaps a little quirky and overlooked, about our county.

Picture a Suffolk scene in your mind. It could be a landscape you know well or a building you love or something you overheard in the street. This could be at a favourite time of year or particular time of day.

You’re ready now to write your Suffolk Cando, the local version of a ‘limerick’ or ‘haiku’.

Dunt yew wurry, any ol’one ‘cando’ it.

A Suffolk Cando usually has four lines. It can rhyme here and there, if you want.

One line is usually a question and thas roight nice if you get a bit of Suffolk in, y’know talk proper.


The title is the name of the scene and here’s some other things you could include (in any order).

1. First thing you notice.

E.g. Early spring / pheasants in the garden

2. Something you know about the place.

E.g. We’ve had no rain / you should go there sit down sit still

3. What’s going on in the scene.

E.g. Everything budding /a pheasant that perches high

4. A question.

E.g. How did it get so green? Is there anywhere more peaceful?

5. When you’ve got your poem together think about what you might choose to write it on.

We’ve had a rummage in the shed and found some unusual objects that in some cases fit the words quite well. The bike saddle was just asking to be transformed into a bird head and I couldn’t resist using the soil on the wheelbarrow as part of the design.

On the other hand you could just find a piece of old wood or cardboard and write up your poem in an eye-catching way. You might also find some old cans of household paint that work a treat on most surfaces. Otherwise acrylics, felt tips, marker pens and chalk will do the job.

6. Final step … display your poem outside your house or in your window where passers-by can enjoy it on Suffolk Day. Maybe it can go next to an NHS rainbow or on the doorstep or hedge.

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